You could say that a new exhibition featuring bacteria-filled art will really grow on you.

A lab-grown tooth and re-purposed medical equipment are just a couple of items to be found in the 'BioArt and Bacteria' exhibition, a solo collection of work by internationally acclaimed artist Anna Dumitriu.

It can be found in the Core building at the Eden Project until June 1.

The aim is to make viewers think about the world's relationship to infectious disease and its cultural and personal implications.

Among the exhibition is the “Pneumothorax Machine”, a piece of apparatus originally used to collapse the lungs of tuberculosis patients that has been transformed by intricate carvings and engravings.

Another highlight is the “Microbe Mouth”, a necklace made of porcelain teeth glazed with pigments derived from mouth bacteria, together with a tooth that was grown from scratch using bacteria.

“The Consultation” sees modernist chairs and tables stained with an antibiotic medicine created in the 1930s, while “Antibiotic Resistance Quilt” is a traditional embroidered quilt containing traces of drug resistant bacteria.

Tiny felted lungs made of household dust are impregnated with the extracted DNA of TB – although it has been sterilised first.

Dr Jo Elworthy, Eden’s director of interpretation, said: "We are delighted to be hosting Anna’s exhibition at Eden. Her method of combining the old and the new to create something utterly unique is thrilling to see.

“We hope that visitors will feel emotionally engaged with the pieces and will be struck by the unexpected uses of Anna’s chosen materials.”

Anna was the 2018 president of the science and the arts section of the British Science Association. She holds visiting research fellowships at the University of Hertfordshire, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Waag Society, and is artist-in-residence with Modernising Medical Microbiology at the University of Oxford, as well as with the National Collection of Type Cultures at Public Health England.

Previous exhibitions include work at The Picasso Museum Barcelona, The Rockefeller Arts Centre at the State University of New York, The V&A Museum London and the Science Museum London.